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The Big Hit (1998)

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Socially anxious hitman Melvin Smiley, an expert in his lucrative field, goes on a job and falls in love with his kidnapping victim, turning his world upside down.

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Kirk Wong (as Che-Kirk Wong)

Writer:

Ben Ramsey
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Melvin Smiley
Lou Diamond Phillips ... Cisco
Christina Applegate ... Pam Shulman
Avery Brooks ... Paris
Bokeem Woodbine ... Crunch
Antonio Sabato Jr. ... Vince
China Chow ... Keiko Nishi
Lainie Kazan ... Jeanne Shulman
Elliott Gould ... Morton Shulman
Sab Shimono ... Jiro Nishi
Robin Dunne ... Gump
Lela Rochon ... Chantel
Danny Smith ... Video Store Kid
Joshua Peace ... Lance
David Usher David Usher ... Sergio
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Storyline

To payoff his second girlfriend's debt, hitman Melvin Smiley undertakes a kidnapping job with his usual associates. In a world of prospective Jewish in-laws and late movie fees, the hitman falls in love with the victim and must settle the score with those out to double-cross him. Written by UptownRox

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a hit...with a twist See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, pervasive language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Equipa Mortal See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,809,424, 26 April 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,052,167, 26 July 1998
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

China Chow, who plays Keiko Nishi, despite claiming to have not cooked before (in the kitchen scene) is in real-life, the daughter of famous restaurateur, Michael Chow. See more »

Goofs

After Melvin's Yellow Firebird hits his girlfriend's Jaguar, you can see heavy damage to the left front of the car. The damage disappears in subsequent scenes. See more »

Quotes

Keiko Nishi: You really can't blame Chantel and Pam for taking advantage of you. You make it WAY too easy for them
Melvin Smiley: Well, I'm not BLAMing them; I mean at least I'm not trying to. At the end of the day all I want them to do is be happy... Ya know, I just can't stand the idea of them not liking me any more. To be perfectly honest, I can't stand the idea of anybody not liking me
Keiko Nishi: It sounds pretty dysfunctional
Melvin Smiley: Why do you say that? What do you mean?
Keiko Nishi: I mean, you might suffer from a borderline personality disorder....
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Alternate Versions

German VHS release was cut by ca. 4 minutes to secure a "Not under 16" rating. See more »

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References El Mariachi (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Someone to Call My Own
Written by Monica Behan & Melanie Vasquez
Performed by Behan Johnson
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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If you think the movie was supposed to be serious, you missed the point...
13 January 2001 | by vincea1906See all my reviews

I had absolutely no idea that this movie was supposed to be a silly, spoofy action film when I saw it at the theater. The first 10 minutes makes this perfectly clear. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie for just being "guilty pleasure" escapist entertainment. Yes the movie is silly and corny - but that was the intent of the film.

Its more than understandable that this movie isn't for everybody, either you love it or hate it. However, if you watched the movie and took it seriously (ie the breakdancing during the first 'hit'), then you definitely missed the point. 8 out of 10.


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